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        The copper rose is an easy, affordable project that requires minimal time or tools to make.  
        I have always wanted to learn how to work with metal but never really had the tools or the time to practice making anything. So, when I finally found a project that is cheap, easy to make, and requires barely any tools, I started filling my house with them. These metal roses make awesome decorations for your house and even awesomer gifts to anyone worthy of your affection. 

As far as materials go, all you need is 2 small pieces of 22 gauge sheet metal (1 copper and 1 steel) and a steel rod measuring 1/4" in diameter and 1 foot in length. You can buy both at Home Depot.

And for tools you will need:
A hammer
2 pairs of pliers, 1 needle nose and 1 flat head
Tin snips
A drill with a 1/4" bit
A chisel
A file
And a friend with a welder
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Step 1: Cut out pattern on paper

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          Print out the attached file of the petals onto an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper. The pattern should take up basically your whole sheet. Cut out the shapes given. On the petals, (the propeller looking thingees), cut down to the edge of the middle circle but don't detach the individual petals from the center circle.
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tivie11 made it!11 months ago

This was a great project to do. My wife absolutely loved it. Next time I think I'll add the candle holder leaves on the stem. Or maybe alternating metals like one of the posters before. Thanks for the excellent ideas!

spizzak made it!11 months ago

Great instructable! Here's one I made by alternating copper and brass with brass-rod stem and copper leaves.

Tip: I couldn't get the texturing with a chisel to work at all as it
kept bending the metal (although this worked real nice for the sepal and
leaves) so I ran the petals along my angle grinder with a cutting wheel
instead. This textured them nice and random, and it was pretty much
effortless too :)

spizzak spizzak11 months ago

I should mention that I used solder to secure the pedals, and a combination of wire wrapping and solder on the leaves.

nidanterry12 months ago
This was a first for me. Plan on making a few more. Thank you for the ideas.
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Here's mine. I'd made a couple steel ones but working with copper was a first for me so it was a lot of fun.
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vbow (author)  mybootsonfire1 year ago

That looks awesome! Thanks for sharing

Bowtie411 year ago
Don't list a "friend" with a welder!!!!Between my welder/torches,and my car hauling trailer,I have more friends than I can handle already!Just kidding,this is an awesome project,Very beautiful!
Nathanellis11 days ago
Really great instructions, thank you! Here are a couple I have made
andrewlybarger made it!8 months ago

Awesome project!

I used a heat gun, intending to soften the copper. I don't think it got any softer but I was able to get a pretty cool color change. It seemed to go from copper/orange -> red -> yellow -> silver-ish -> brown. I was using a sample pack of C110 copper so the layers are different thicknesses, from 0.016" for the inner most to 0.062" for the outer most. The variation in thickness made it easy to get different temperatures, and correspondingly different colors.

It's on a brass stem and I'm working on making brass leaves. Going to see if I can hide some 1 watt LED's under the leaves and make it a lamp.


Copper work softens, when you heat it it actually gets harder.

AaronP61 month ago

These are great. I'm going to have a go and solder them to a picture light along with some leaves. A quick question... can I use 22 gauge stainless steel or does it need to be mild?

chillos1 month ago
seccond attempt
chillos1 month ago
what a brilliant project
AdrianQ made it!10 months ago

Lovely project. Some variations I applied:

I didn't weld or solder, but applied a short piece of thread to the stem with 2 nuts. To cover the nuts, I made 2 hemispheres with small clips inside that clamp the nut. With a small wire-hook I can pop them off, allowing me to disassemble the lot and clean the copper properly (I didn't fancy the application of transparant nail polish).

I also applied some texturing on the stem by hammering it all over with a cross pein hammer

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Very good mod on the original.
kenzeep made it!2 months ago

For my variation of your instructable I created a rose out of a length of copper pipe I found in the basement of the Darling Foundry in Montréal, Canada. The original pipe was just under one foot long with a one and a half inch diameter.

Kberndt87 made it!2 months ago

Here is my version :)
Planning on making a few more..

gabouuu4 months ago
thanks a lot this is great
flyingfox254611 months ago

This project is incredible!

I too, am from the group of people on this site who love projects like this, but don't have access to some of the more powerful tools (like a welder). That being said, this has inspired me! I went to home depot earlier to get the supplies, and found everything except for copper sheet metal, they don't carry it at my local store, so I'm going to substitute aluminum instead. Also because I don't have a welder, I'm going to give this a shot with two-part metal epoxy, to see if it works.

If all goes well, I'll post pictures after!

Hey, I'm basically in the sand position as you. Did the 2 part epoxy work by any chance
Martel zahilslmn8 months ago

2 part epoxy worked for me. I used a hollow copper tube for the stem and hammered a nail through the copper petals and glued the nail into the hollow copper stem. It worked great and the only tools I really needed were the tin snips, texture tool, a nail, and sand paper to clean it up. No fire or electric needed.

Contraninja8 months ago

Awesome instructable, it was easy to follow and my wife loved the results.

avoigt18 months ago

Not easy if you use a to thick copper plate, but the result nevertheless awesome! :) Thanks for this pattern.

wooddiamond8 months ago

this is amazing, thank you!

vcherkassky made it!10 months ago

Great instructable! Very easy to follow. The second rose (darker one) took me only 3 consequent hours to make. My wife and daughter absolutely love the roses.

Thank you for such a good work!

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indymagoo10 months ago

Very nice! I would like to offer some info related to materials. I am a sheet metal worker by trade. By using steel for the stem you are creating an environment for galvanic corrosion. I won't go into too much detail of this, you can google it easy enough. Basically it is caused by the 2 dissimilar metals being in contact with each other. Whatever metal copper touches, it will cause corrosion in the other. A big example of this is with what happened to the Statue of Liberty. I would recommend using heavy gauge copper wire such as used for grounding in electrical systems. 3, 4, or 5 gauge wire would be good. It is very easily soldered on. If all you have is a small soldering iron, you can buy solder with many different temperature ranges at Radio Shack. I use several different solders at a time when I am working on a piece that has multiple parts. Start with the solder that has the highest melt temperature so that when you put on the next piece you don't undo the previous one. Great work!

whaterdaodds11 months ago

do you think this project would turn out well with 24 gauge metal instead of 22?

vbow (author)  whaterdaodds10 months ago

Yes, I think that 24 gauge metal should work just fine. It will just be a little bit thinner and easier to form but also a bit flimsier.

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Mattrox11 months ago

Beautiful rose. Looks awesome. Thanks for the instructable!

Mattrox11 months ago

These look amazing. Could be really nice gifts. Great Job!

kyluddy12 months ago
Awesome! I love it!
clazman1 year ago
Beeeeeeeautiful! U r r-tistic.

I was wondering if some would not have access to a welder if solder might work. Just have to treat the petal forming carefully. In soldering I would suggest tinning the stem and around the holes of the petals.

Another thought would be to use a short (1/8" long) bushing of either aluminum or maybe steel in place of the weld beads. Crimp as required and press them using an appropriate socket.

Or instead of a bushing maybe use a 1/4" brass or steel nut (after grinding down to the flat diameter)

Again, very nice.

Got my vote!.
vbow (author)  clazman1 year ago
Yeah, those are some good ideas. Iike you said though, the solder wouldn't be quite as strong as a weld so you would have to handle it with care.

If you use thick copper wire you can solder it easily and will hold very well. You need to use a microtorch to melt the solder...I've used this method on many things when a soldering iron is not hot enough. Great instructable!

vbow (author)  bricabracwizard1 year ago

Ok, thank you for the great tip! I have often wondered if there is a technique for soldering with copper wire

tshvahn vbow12 months ago

I saw someone who does it by threading the pipe then putting a nut on either side of the petals, then you just rivet the top part down on to it.

This is amazing! Did it come out this well on your first try? Do you think it will come out that well on my first try?

vbow (author)  hithisishal1 year ago

I believe that mine have gotten progressively better looking as I have gone along. However, my first couple were not too far behind this rose! For instance, the second one I ever made, (very similar to the first I made), is pictured in step 8. It is the one made out of colored steel holding the candle.

vbow (author)  vbow1 year ago

So in response to your question, absolutely! just take the time and care to detail that you need and you will get the desired result. the best thing about working with metal is that it is really easy to go back and fix mistakes in the bending of the petals and things because of its malleability

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